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Welcome to the four hundred and thirty-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and thirty-five. This week, was Kitty Pryde invented as part of a whole new team of X-Men? Was Helena Bertinelli as Huntress saved from extinction by Chuck Dixon? Finally, in what odd way did Charlie Brown’s first home run come about?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Kitty Pryde was originally going to be part of a brand-new team of X-Men
STATUS: True Enough for a True
Since this month is the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, I figured I’d do an X-Men related legend.
This one goes back to the early 1980s, when Chris Claremont and John Byrne were working on X-Men together. Then Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Jim Shooter, decided that the pair should highlight the school aspect of the X-Men more. The school part of the X-Men had really not been a big part of the book since the X-Men had “graduated” in the late 1960s but Claremont and Byrne were game. First off, they intended to have Professor Xavier training Jean Grey in her new Phoenix powers to get the school idea into the book but then Byrne came up with the idea of adding a new team of younger mutants who would be students at Xavier’s with the notion being that when they “graduated” they would become members of the X-Men.
Eventually Shooter turned down the idea because he felt it sounded too much like the Legion of Substitute Heroes, but one of the mutants invented for this idea, Kitty Pryde, ended up joining the team in X-Men #129.
The other mutants intended for the team were Willie Evans, from the then-classic (now a woefully underrated story) Fantastic Four #203…
and another new mutant known as Caliban…
Unrelated to the other mutant known as Caliban who eventually was added to the title…
While it was squelched in 1980, obviously this idea was pretty much the exact idea behind New Mutants a couple of years later, right down to the concept of them wearing the old X-Men uniforms…
Thanks to Michael T. Anderson for the information about these Substitute X-Men. Check out his site here for even more information about the idea.
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